Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson recently visited Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett during the school’s observance of Georgia Civics Day.
The Georgia lawmaker was introduced by former state legislator, Alisha T. Morgan, executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academies. State Sen. Thompson talked to scholars about his career in the Georgia Legislature. He encouraged scholars to get active in their communities and the political process.
“Curt Thompson is a former colleague of mine,” Morgan said. “I served in the Georgia House of Representatives. I was elected at the age of 23. I served there for 12 years. My friend, Curt Thompson, was in the state Senate. We had to be very courageous.”
Morgan said Thompson helped to pass a charter school amendment that she co-sponsored creating an alternate authorizer of public charter schools denied by local school districts. The state Charter Schools Commission later re-authorized the charter of IPA and approved an expansion of the school to DeKalb County.
“It was very controversial at the time,” Morgan said. “Curt Thompson was one of the last deciding votes on that law that allowed the state Charter Schools Commission to authorize schools. One of the reasons he made that courageous vote was because of the girls of Ivy Prep. He represents this school.”
Thompson told scholars that when he considers proposed legislation he examines whether “it will help the many or it will help the few” before he votes on it .He encouraged scholars to register to vote when they reach voting age and to remind their parents to cast their ballots in November.
Civics Day is a statewide education effort co-sponsored by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods.The goal of Civics Day is to bring awareness to young people of the importance of voter participation and its vital role in government.